The Cat Who Taught Zen (October 2023, Hardcover, 176 pg, Popular Psychology) James Norbury

Told in a gentle, calming style, The Cat Who Taught Zen introduces a new cast of characters for readers of all ages to fall in love with, offering timeless wisdom wrapped up into a tale of beguiling beauty.  Read more below.

James Norbury


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Following the phenomenal international success of Big Panda and Tiny Dragon and The Journey, James Norbury’s latest book introduces readers to a very special cat on a remarkable adventure.

‘I’ve learnt that what we want is seldom what we need, and what we need is almost never what we want’.

This is the tale of a cat wise in the ways of zen who hears of a solitary ancient pine, deep in a maple forest, under which infinite wisdom may be found.

So begins a journey of discovery.

Along the way he meets a vivid cast of animals: from an anxious monkey and a tortoise tired of life, to a tiger struggling with anger, a confused wolf cub and a covetous crow.

Each has stories to tell and lessons to share.

But after a surprise encounter with a playful kitten, the cat questions everything . . .